‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Described the Time an ‘Eskimo’ Woman Approached Him About Show in Alaska

by Will Shepard

Pat Sajak began hosting Wheel of Fortune 37 years ago and hasn’t missed a year yet. His fame grew almost overnight when the show began. The game show and Sajak’s popularity skyrocketed.

His celebrity status had its perks and its downsides. One of the downsides for a time was that he would have people recognize him all over the place. At the beginning of his career, it was a little bit easier to escape being recognized.

In an interview from 1986 with the Washington Post, Sajak explains how he would vacation as a getaway. One trip he took when he was in the first few years of the show.

Pat Sajak Took a Vacation Early on in His “Wheel of Fortune” Career to Alaska

During the interview, he mentions hanging out with people in Alaska. The term he used to describe them is now outdated, and instead, the correct term is Inuit.

“I went to Nome, Alaska, and was watching some Eskimo girls doing a dance. That’s near the Arctic Circle, and one girl runs up to me and says, ‘You’re from the “Wheel of Fortune.’ However, I still feel a little unsettled about being called a celeb. Whenever someone says something like, ‘We have a celebrity in our midst,’ I still look around.”

When he gave this interview, he was only 39 years old. So, it’s safe to say that a lot of things have changed since 1986. The host of Wheel of Fortune is now certainly recognized almost anywhere in the world. There are likely very few places he can go to get away from his fame.

Sajak’s unique style on Wheel of Fortune earned his fame almost instantly. His style was different than any of the other game show hosts at the time. People immediately fell in love with his style. So, it’s no wonder that someone in Alaska recognized him.